Soco denies rift with Gwen

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


BUSINESSMAN Glenn Anthony Soco denied there was a personal rift between him and Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia that led to the pre-termination of employment contract of his manpower agency at the Provincial Capitol.

Soco, who ran as Garcia’s runningmate in the 2010 elections, pointed out that the issue was purely business and contracts “come and go.”

Soco said he will cooperate and accept the governor’s decision, saying they are just contractors.

“It’s just unfortunate that our contract was pre-terminated. Mandaue Integrated Manpower Supply (MIMS) has served the Provincial Government faithfully and diligently.

MIMS has done its best. Maybe, our best was not good enough,” Soco told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview yesterday.

He thanked the Province for giving MIMS the chance to work with them.

For those workers who will be displaced, Soco said, he is willing to help them in case they still want to work under the agency.

He said the agency can deploy them to other accounts.

Soco has not held any position at MIMS since he had filed his vice gubernatorial candidacy papers in the last elections.

He said his involvement in the agency is more of being an adviser and a consultant because he is a family member.

Soco’s mother, Adelina, is the president.

At the Capitol, spokesperson Rory Jon Sepulveda, in a press conference, said the termination of MIMS’ contract was based on certain performance issues.

He said the governor’s decision stemmed from the recommendation given by Provincial Atty. Marino Martinquilla, after the service providers’ contract and performance investigation was conducted.

Martinquilla, chairman of casuals and outsourcing, reviewed all the contracts last September after they received complaints about the allegedly inefficient performance of the agency.

Martinquilla said Garcia noticed that the restrooms at the Capitol building were not maintained well. There was also lack of cleaning supplies, he said.

Garcia was the one who signed the letter informing Adelina Soco of Capitol’s decision to end their contract.

Sepulveda said the younger Soco is still a member of One Cebu, and the party still supports his election protest because their pursuit is to know the truth.

Soco, on the other hand, said he will continue to support the programs of the governor, especially the ‘Obra Negosyo Eskwela’ program.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 10, 2011.

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